There’s still time to earn your Ring in the New Year Challenge badge

Looking for a little incentive to kickoff a healthier you for 2018?  Well, if you have an Apple Watch, you’re in luck.  Apple is offering a new achievement badge, and you still have plenty of time to earn yours before the end of the month.  To secure the Ring in the New Year Badge close all three of your Activity Rings seven days in a row any time in January.  This one was definitely harder than the two previous badges I’ve earned since acquiring my Apple Watch in October.  I regularly close all three of my Activity Rings, but rarely do I accomplish this more than 4 or 5 days in a week, much less 7 days in a row.  To be honest, though, this was just what I needed to get me refocused after a holiday season that had me fighting through holiday party after another and giving in to too many indulgences along the way.

Who doesn’t love adding to their Activity achievement board?  I must admit, after buying my Apple Watch I hadn’t spent as much time exploring all of the potential achievements as I really should have.  However, after earning the Ring in the New Year Challenge badge I’m now striving to add more badges by pushing myself and setting goals that I never had previously considered.  Isn’t this the real benefit in monitoring your activity levels–to move more, and be more active?  Once you become aware of your habits and pitfalls you can push yourself to be a healthier, happier person.

Good luck in acquiring your Ring in the New Year Challenge Badge!

Thanksgiving Day 5k Challenge

Just as they did last Thanksgiving, Apple has created a special achievement that you can unlock on your Apple Watch today only.  Appropriately named the Thanksgiving Day Challenge, you can earn this award by completely a walk, run or wheelchair workout of at least 5k (3.1 miles).  To unlock the special badge on your Apple Watch you need to record your distance with the workout app on the Apple Watch, or by using any other app that adds workouts to the Health app.

Although I appreciate this extra little incentive to get out there and move on a day where Americans typically over indulge and then fall in and out of a coma all day, it sure would be nice if they also recognized other workouts besides walking and running.  Case in point–I went for a 20+ mile bike ride this morning, and I still need to walk or run an additional 3.1 miles to collect the badge.  You still have time, as you can collect the achievement for a workout completed anytime before the end of the day.  Time to go grab mine!

Happy Thanksgiving!